Title BE CuLT eXTeND
Project Number DE/08/LLP-LdV/TOI/147131
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
The completed LdV Pilot project Becult (2005 146 312, see: www.becult.org) was finished in September 2007 and in this project a transfer of its innovative character into new professional areas, cultures and languages was aimed for, enhancing the degree of use and valorisation. BE CuLT is a learning platform suitable for trainees in the hotel and catering sector leaving for a placement abroad, supporting training of basic necessary skills. The result after the "finished" transfer is: two new additional vocational areas (tourism and retailer) and three new languages (Spanish, Estonian and Turkish).
Contact: Mats Landgren, Project manager
The tool is a learning platform suitable for trainees who leaves for a placement abroad, supporting training of basic necessary skills. The possibility to use its easy, attractive and powerful infrastructure in additional vocational areas (tourism and retailer), makes out a great possibility for more users to learn more languages in additional professional contexts, using the same learning approach and already developed infrastructure. The transfer into Spanish, Estonian and Turkish of all content on the website including the new areas, makes its potential for a wide spread use and dissemination distinctively higher. The partnership consist of all previously Becult project members (FI, NL, DE, IT, FR) with an addition of three new partners (EE, ES, TR). All partners are integrated in vocational institutions and networks operating in many vocational areas, thus covering the old and new relevant professional areas being experts in the fields. The German partner has promoted this project. The Finnish partner was responsible of the modified ICT solution and its implementation. The new partners have been of fundamental importance and fully integrated, the partnership aiming for future multilateral collaborations.
The main outcome is a final online learning platform on which the user is able to learn nine different languages (CEFR A1-A2/B1) in different professional contexts and to learn in a playful way. The professional learning areas are: kitchen, service, hotel reception, tourism and retailer. In all these areas there is a strong need to possess basic communication skills in different languages before going abroad for a placement. The sustainability of language learning is secured with the promotion of the European Language Portfolio on the platform. The targeted groups are low skilled trainees and workers in the areas of kitchen, service, hotel reception, tourism and retailing. The total amount of new produced multimedia learning content is approx.: 150 videos, 90 games, 360 exercises
After using the platform, the end user is better prepared in a basic linguistically and basic cultural way for a stay abroad, likely decreasing the risk of failure and therefore rising the chances for personal development and thereby raising the chance of mobility of these target groups, mainly focusing on the European priority “Raising competence levels of groups at risk” but also the priority “Developing the learning environment”.
Going abroad for a placement in the catering-, tourism- or retail sector? Learn about languages, cultures and professional areas.
http://W W W . B E C U L T . O R G
Open and distance learning
Access for disadvantaged
Accommodation and Food Service Activities
Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles
material for open learning
Product information In order to use all features, the user needs to register on http://www.becult.org. The registration process is tutored in many languages. The user must have an email address in order to be registered.